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  • Magistrates table setting new tax rate

    Taxpayers will have to wait at least a few more days to find out if their county property tax rates will go up.
    During its meeting Tuesday morning, the Anderson County Fiscal Court voted to table setting its tax rate for 2011-12 because of confusion over exactly how much revenue it would receive.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said he had received tax rate details from Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers that came to one conclusion, and from the state’s Department of Local Government that came to another.

  • No new trial for Beasmore

    The joy during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court was obvious as word spread like wildfire that the woman who unsuccessfully sued the county on sexual harassment allegations would not receive a new trial.
    County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis interrupted the work session portion of the meeting by simply announcing: “Overruled.”
    Magistrates broke out in smiles at the news — news that had it gone the other way, could have proved very costly to taxpayers.

  • Fix them up, or else

    The owner of a crumbling house on Hammond Road has been warned and now has just 30 days to come up with a plan to address the problem before being hauled into District Court.
    And he’s not alone. The county’s code enforcement officer, Doug Ingram, has also put on notice the owner of a burned out structure in Fox Creek on Highway 62, as he ratchets up the pressure to get both eyesores cleaned up.

  • Ex-social services worker indicted

    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, aka Margaret Stafford, whose address on the indictment is listed as Floral City, Fla., is facing Class D felony charges for allegedly making false entries in a public record nine times between 2006 and 2010, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Murphy is scheduled to appear Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Anderson County Circuit Court in front of Judge Charles Hickman.

  • All Eyes on the Flies

    Homeowners hang sticky strips from their ceilings, purchase an array of potions and sprays and use swatters to squish them flat.
    For them, flies are a nuisance to a large degree, a sanitary concern to a lesser.
    But for cattle farmers, the reason to control flies is much simpler: Flies pestering their herd means less money in their pockets.
    Here’s how: When cattle, particularly calves, spend the bulk of their time shooing flies from their faces and backs, they eat less, weigh less and ultimately fetch less money at auction.

  • County has surplus revenue, but not very much

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court isn’t exactly flush with cash, but it isn’t broke, either.
    County Treasurer Dudley Shryock briefed magistrates during last Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting, revealing that county government had approximately $1.2 million in surplus funds when its fiscal year ended June 30.
    That amount is deceiving, though, because it will take roughly 75 percent of the total to operate county government between now and the time property tax receipts start coming in, according to Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.

  • Bourbon taxes pouring cash into taxing districts

    Taxing districts countywide will reap the rewards this year from Wild Turkey’s $55 million expansion.
    The distillery’s new barrel houses caused its distilled spirits inventory to skyrocket this year, jumping nearly $13 million in assessed value from $53.2 million to $66.4 million, according to information released this week by Anderson County Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers.

  • Burglars hit Western school

    Six unknown suspects on four-wheelers apparently broke into the old Western school building and stole a camera, the Kentucky State Police reported in a news release.
    The break-in happened July 25 around 1 a.m., police said.
    No other property was reported missing from the building, which served as a school for the western portion of Anderson County until it was closed around a decade ago.
    Troopers are analyzing video surveillance that was taken at the building, and are trying to determine the identity of the suspects, according to the news release.

  • Mayor’s land buy angers councilmen

    The July 11 city council meeting was the first time council member Ken Evans said he had heard about the $116,250 payment on the Lawrenceburg Green.
    A bill that, according to Evans, should not have been paid without city council approval.
    “I think the council was slapped in the face by not being informed of this expenditure,” he said.
    “When you got something that big, [Mayor Edwinna Baker] needs to inform the council anyway.”

  • High school students now have to pay

    Parents of high schoolers not receiving free or reduced lunches can add one more item to their back-to-school lists: $50.
    That’s how much it will cost students to attend high school this year, and not paying will result in students not being allowed access to textbooks or to graduate.
    Those receiving reduced lunches will be required to pay $25. Those receiving free lunches will pay nothing.
    The fee was approved by the school’s elected site based council to generate cash to purchase textbooks, according to Principal Ronnie Fields.